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Thematic expertise

From 2013-2015, Alison was Lead Expert for ESIMeC – an URBACT II Delivery Pilot which explored how transnational working could add value to Local Action Plan implementation in five medium sized cities from across Europe.

All of the Local Action Plans place the city’s main asset – their people – at the heart of their recovery plans and aim to ensure that workforce development and demand led skills provision can be the main drivers for a thriving local economy.

The original project ran from 2009 to 2012 and Alison’s role included the compilation of a detailed baseline study which outlined the state of the art in this thematic area, presents partner profiles and sets out detailed recommendations for project priorities and activities. With the Lead Partner she led each transnational event and drew together the findings into a series of ESIMeC recipes which present the key ingredients and utensils needed to cook up a resilient local economy. The recipes were published in an ESIMeC cookbook at the final event in Brussels during November 2012. In addition Alison supported the development of a skills forecasting manual and tool and wrote a series of detailed case studies and articles.

Late in 2013 ESIMeC was selected as a Delivery Pilot for URBACT. This enabled five of the original partners to explore the challenges of delivering an integrated and sustainable Local Action Plan and consider, through transnational exchange and learning, how to achieve (and measure) greatest impact on the ground in their cities.

More information here – www.urbact.eu/esimec.

“As ESIMeC Lead Expert, Alison has proved an invaluable support to the project. Her great facilitation skills, her ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds, her creativity and her readiness to always try out new methodologies have contributed greatly to the smooth and successful running of the project. And that’s without mentioning her ample knowledge and experience of European funding and economic development issues”.
Daniel Garnier, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council (Lead Partner of ESIMeC)